residue

noun res·i·due \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü , -ˌdyü \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or after the completion of a process : remnant, remainder: such as
a : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, allowances, and previous devises and bequests
b : the remainder after subtracting a multiple of a modulus from an integer or a power of the integer that can appear as the second of the two terms in an appropriate congruence
  • 2 and 7 are residues of 12 modulo 5
c : a constituent structural unit (such as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule
  • amino acid residues from hydrolysis of protein

Examples of residue in a Sentence

  1. The grill was covered in a greasy residue from the hamburgers.

  2. The divorce left a residue of pain in the family.

  3. There was some kind of sticky residue on the floor.

  4. She left the residue of her estate to her daughter.

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Origin and Etymology of residue

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin residuum, from neuter of residuus left over, from residēre to remain


RESIDUE Defined for English Language Learners

residue

noun

Definition of residue for English Language Learners

  • : a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed

  • : the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid


RESIDUE Defined for Kids

residue

noun res·i·due \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü , -ˌdyü \

Definition of residue for Students

: whatever remains after a part is taken, set apart, or lost

Medical Dictionary

residue

noun res·i·due \ ˈrez-ə-ˌd(y)ü \

medical Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated; specifically : a constituent structural unit (as a group or monomer) of a usually complex molecule
  • amino acid residues in a protein

Law Dictionary

residue

noun res·i·due \ ˈre-zə-ˌdü, -ˌdyü \

legal Definition of residue

: something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated; specifically : the part of a testator's estate remaining after the satisfaction of all debts, charges, taxes, and legacies other than residuary legacies


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